Ken Lupton is an impressive young farmer with big ambitions. He runs a dairy farm outside Waverley with large Friesian cows. He has over 1000 cows and block calves three times per year, with the main bunch calving at spring time to coincide with optimum grass growth. He invested in an Abbey VF2850 in 2015 to buffer feed his cows while at grass.
Matt and Josh Stanton live in the very impressive plains of Southern Alps near Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. They run 900 cows with milk solids of 500kg/cow/year. This is the upper limit of where they want to go as they believe higher milk solids that put too much pressure on the cow and they are less healthy and are harder to go in calf.
Greg Morris from Sefton, North Centerbury, South Island, New Zealand is currently at an expansion phase on his dairy farm having increased cow numbers by 30% to 360 over the past year. This has involved infrastructural changes and management changes to facilitate the higher work load. He invested in an Abbey Tandem axle 2500 tanker with a 6 inch auto fill arm for added convenience while loading.
Purchased VF1850 in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. He previously had a forage wagon and says there is no comparison. Milk solids on their 500 pure breed Jerseys improved dramatically after going onto the Abbey feeder and now runs at 420kg MS/cow.
Phil is an agricultural contractor providing various services to farmers in the territory. He has an AP900 with greedy boards on top for additional capacity. “This machine works hard and is a machine of choice for my customers, particularly farmers emptying lagoons as it is sealed and can take liquid manure and spread perfectly over its spread width.
Davin has an impressive set up with 700 cows. He previously had paddle and horizontal feeders, and after lots of research looking at various other makes and brands available, he purchased the Abbey VF2850 with front cross conveyor (slat and chain) 18 months ago to open up feeding option on farm and make milk output and solids more consistent.
Richard Westlake, Northland, North Island, New Zealand – Mixed farmer with 800 dairy cows, beef enterprise and contracting work. He is not a typical New Zealand farmer in that he like to be self-sufficient and is always looking for ways to make some additional off-farm income.
Stuart Honeyfield, Waitrow farms with his son and milks 350 cows. They run an impressive dairy enterprise and purchased an Abbey Tanker and Tri-App. Both he and his sons think it is fantastic (completely changed his slurry usage). Some of the benefits they see with the Tri-App include:
“It’s simply a great machine and consistently handles 10 tons of feed. We feed mainly maize silage, grass silage, palm kernel and molasses, but also add straw, minerals, and even kiwifruit, apples and bread when available.
VF1850 in New Zealand giving 60kg/head more milk solids
“We invested in an Abbey VF1850 feeder to efficiently feed 600 cows. We calve 3 times a year, so the feeder is used 365 days per year. It a great machine to handle any feed, the first cow on the feed pad gets the same as the last cow due to the consistency of mix.
Abbey dealers and distributors work very closely with the Abbey Machinery team and regularly attend product training to keep them up to date with the latest developments and also stock a full range of spare parts for the machines they sell. Dealers and Distributors are also fully trained in after sales, maintenance and service of Abbey products.
Countries in which Abbey products are sold include but are not limited to Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand.